Mystery Book Discussion Group
Bring your lunch and join us the third Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 in the conference room on the second floor of the Main Library, at 361 Washington Street.
Copies of the book to be discussed will be available at the front desk 4 weeks before the meeting.If you have any questions, please contact reference librarian Liz Mellett at (617) 730-2369 or via email.
Ian Pears, Death and Restoration (1998)
Sep 16, 2014
Detective Flavia di Stefano of Rome’s art theft squad and art historian Jonathan Argyll are baffled by a tip that claims a theft is planned at the nearby Monastery of San Giovanni. The monastery appears to have nothing of interest to art thieves, even their dubious Caravaggio, which is currently being restored. In the NYTBR Marilyn Stasio noted that “By anchoring his subject in a sturdy plot and sublime setting, Pears offers more reason to delight in the articulate characters and erudite art commentary that give his books...their high style.”
Denise Mina, Garnethill (1998)
Oct 21, 2014 Main Library, Conference Room
Former psychiatric patient Maureen O’Donnell wakes up hung over to find her married therapist lover tied to a chair with his throat cut. The prime suspect in his murder, Maureen desperately tries to clear her name and hold on to her sanity. Mina, who has been called “the queen of Glasgow noir”, won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Dagger for Best First Crime Novel in 1998.
Andrea Camilleri, August Heat (2009)
Nov 18, 2014
Inspector Salvo Montalbano, forced to postpone his own vacation, finds a summer rental for friends of his long-suffering girlfriend Livia, unaware of the house’s unlucky history. An insect infestation doesn’t get things off to a good start, but it is the body in the basement that leaves the Inspector no choice but to investigate a six year old murder. Booklist said of this 10th entry in the series: “Combine the movies Body Heat and the Seven-Year-Itch, blending the noir of the former with the farce of the latter, and you have something like this beguiling tragicomedy”.
Robert Crais, L.A. Requiem (1999)
Dec 16, 2014 Main Library, Conference Room
P.I. Joe Pike and his partner Elvis Cole are asked to investigate the brutal murder of Pike’s former lover because her father, a powerful politician, doesn’t trust the police. Pike himself becomes a suspect, and it becomes increasingly clear that the killer is connected to the death of Pike’s old partner on the police force. Nominated for multiple awards, L. A. Requiem won the Dilys Award for the mystery members of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association most enjoyed hand selling in 2000.